Hot Water Cylinder News


CENTRALflow Enables Dramatic Energy Savings for Tower Block

McDonald Engineers has played a key role in a project, which has enabled a housing association to dramatically reduce energy costs for 91 apartments in a tower block in the North East of England.  This has been achieved by replacing the electrical heating system, with McDonald Engineers' CENTRALflow solution.

Working in conjunction with the M&E Consultants and main contractor, McDonald Engineers presented their CENTRALflow solution, which has been designed to combine the benefits of a heat interface unit with an indirect thermal store being fuelled by a central boiler system.

800 Litre Horizontal Calorifier

800 Litre Horizontal Calorifier

McDonald Engineers has manufactured an 800 litre indirect horizontal calorifier as part of the refurbishment of a public sector building after being specified by the consulting engineer.

With space being a key challenge for the project, the bespoke copper calorifier was designed as a horizontal cylinder with the connections positioned at the top to simplify the installation process.

Calorifier or Plate Heat Exchanger

Calorifier or Plate Heat Exchanger

McDonald Engineers has enabled a major college to transform their hot water system by using their PLATEflow solution which features a copper buffer vessel linked to an external plate heat exchanger (PHE).

The original design featured 2No. 1000 litre calorifiers to meet the demands of a state of the art building, which houses the university’s performing arts centre, training restaurant, media centre and a new energy and climate centre within the architecture hub.

98% of Calorifiers Delivered in 2 Weeks

McDonald Engineers has announced that 98% of urgent calorifiers ordered were delivered within just 2 weeks, demonstrating that its flexible manufacturing facility is providing some of the quickest lead times in the market – with no compromise on quality.

The figures were reported as part of its annual performance review.  The improvements in both lead times and quality standards can be attributed to McDonald Engineers’ total focus on quality and customer service.  

30 Rectangular Thermal Stores for Social Housing Scheme

McDonald Engineers have secured an order for 30 rectangular hot water tanks for the refurbishment of a social housing scheme in Scotland which was looking to replace the existing Elson indirect tanks.

McDonald Engineers had been working with the consulting engineers throughout the design process to develop the optimum solution.  This involved changing the indirect hot water tank to their CUBEflow thermal store option, which would give the additional benefit of mains pressure hot water.

McDonald Engineers Issue Warning over RHI Programme

The confirmation of the government’s Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) Programme being extended to include additional fuel sources has been highly anticipated, however one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of hot water systems has issued a warning over the potential dangers from the incorrect specification of hot water cylinders.

The new RHI Scheme is expected to create a surge in installations of renewable heat sources, such as solar thermal, air and ground source heat pumps and solid fuel.